Not a clue
Last nights Tory leadership debate told us one thing. None of the candidates have a coherent plan to either deliver Brexit or to resolve the impasse in Parliament to allow the UK to leave with a deal.
They don’t have much of a clue about the other stuff either but let’s just focus on Brexit for now.
From tariff free imports and exports to the Border on Northern Ireland they ummed and ahhed their way through the questions on Brexit, and all apart from Rory Stewart said that whilst they absolutely, definitely didn’t want no deal Brexit, no no noooo – No Deal remains their position when all else fails and fail it will.
So let’s see, no deal Brexit – a no deal Brexit with tariff free access will open our doors to flooding our island with cheap goods which will undermine our market.
The failure to negotiate a deal will also see tariffs imposed by other countries on goods being exported from here to elsewhere – making our products more expensive and guess what – undermining our market.
It will be massively damaging to Scotland’s economy and the economy of the UK.
But none of that matters because Scotland doesn’t matter to these candidates or the bulk of their party members. Scotland was not mentioned once in last night’s debate and there is a very good reason for that. Yesterday we saw a poll which told us that 63% of Conservative and Unionist members would happily see Scotland leave the UK if it meant they could deliver Brexit.
They do not care about Scotland. In Boris’s Britain we would see our devolved Government hands tied tighter together and we would be disregarded at every turn. And yet …. and yet …. several of our Scottish Tory MPs are supporting him for leader. Just WHAT?
And Labour? Well once again they are squabbling their way into insignificance. Corbyn is reputed – again- to be going to commit to a secon Brexit referendum but to be frank – no one cares. Too little too late. They have nothing to offer in this race to the bottom and nothing they can do except wait it out and impotently call in an ever more plaintive manner for a General Election which they will not get.
0.2% of the electorate will choose the next Tory leader and Prime Minister and decide the future of Scotland.